Bad news from the farm...
by, 15th July 2009 at 09:15 PM (482 Views)
I don't know how many people here have ridden on the Western Maryland Scenic Railroad between Cumberland and Frostburg. If you ever have (or do), do you by chance remember Helmstetter's Curve? The farm that the tracks curve around is a family farm. My family's farm. In fact, my grandmother was born there, many years ago. The man who currently operates the farm is one of my uncle, John Helmstetter.
I have visited the farm numerous times, and viewed it from the train additional times. Heck, I even painted a picture of the farm, which now sits up at the farmhouse.
However, something terrible happened recently. A fire destroyed the historic barn. I'll direct you to the article published by the Cumberland Times-News:
The barn was one of my favorite spots to visit on the farm. I loved to climb around into the hay lofts and interact with the animals. And from what I've heard, the insurance is only covering half the damages. Even if the barn is rebuilt, it will never feel the same.Fire destroys barn on Cash Valley Road
From Staff Reports
CUMBERLAND — Fire of an unknown origin destroyed a barn on Cash Valley Road late Thursday and injured the owner as he tried to free his cattle from the burning structure.
John Helmstetter suffered burns in the 11:20 p.m. incident and was taken to Memorial Hospital by the LaVale Rescue Squad. He was released following treatment for injuries to his left arm and right hand, according to the Maryland State Fire Marshal’s Office.
Several cattle and a dog perished in the fire, which destroyed the 50-by-100-foot heavy timber barn at 11515 Cash Valley Road.
The fire caused a loss estimated at $100,000 to the structure and $5,000 to its contents.
The cause of the fire remains under investigation by Deputy Fire Marshal Ed Ernst.
“It does not appear to be suspicious but we are cognizant of the fact that there have been several barn fires in the area in recent weeks,” said Deputy Chief Fire Marshal Jason Mowbray. “But obviously it is still early into the investigation.”
A possible cause under review by investigators is the recent storing of fresh hay inside the barn.
Seventy-five volunteer firefighters responded to the scene, including companies from Ellerslie, Corriganville, LaVale, Hyndman, Bowman’s Addition, Bowling Green, Frostburg, Wellersburg, Clarysville and Ridgeley. Units were on the call until 5 a.m.
A rekindle of the structure occurred about two hours later, prompting Ellerslie, Corriganville and Mount Savage to return to the scene for nearly three hours, according to the Allegany County 911 Joint Communications Division.
Total Trackbacks 0